Allen bill granting farmworkers more overtime pay fails in state Assembly

  • Assemblyman Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, urged lawmakers to approve his measure that would require California employers to pay farmworkers overtime, during the Assembly session,Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif. The bill, AB1313, did not receive enough votes on the initial roll call and was placed on call. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly has killed a bill that would have given overtime pay to farm laborers who work more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week.

AB1313 would have given farmworkers the same overtime rights as other employees who are not managers. Currently, farmworkers earn overtime only after working 10 hours in day or 60 hours in a week.

The bill by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Allen of Santa Rosa passed the Senate but fell eight votes short in the Assembly on Friday, the last day of the legislative session.

Several Republican Assembly members spoke against the bill earlier in the week. They said it would hurt laborers who need to work long hours during harvest season to make a living.

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